I bet you are wondering how to pronounce my name. It's "Tree'-na." My last name, Grillo sounds like willow. I was named after my great-grandmother Trine who was from the Scandinavian country of Norway. (I am writing a book about her.) Grillo is an Italian name.
My reason for writing is to touch children, young and old, with God's Spirit of love, empowerment, truth, and encouragement through my stories, articles, and poems.
I was a homeschooling mom and then taught elementary school for many years. My kids and my students taught me much more than I ever taught them. I remain very proud of them. I saved many of their stories, poems, and art projects which I peruse often for inspiration. I am confident we will see some of their names in print one day.
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I am the oldest of six children in my family. We grew up in Illinois with lots of relatives and friends around us. From them I have a great many story ideas. My favorite place in my hometown is the library. It is a large beautiful building of brick and stone that was built around 1905. I spent as much time there as I could and I still take a trip to it when I visit Illinois.
I now live in California with my husband. I dream about one day living in a beach house.
When I am not writing, I am thinking up creative ways to be a "long-distance Grandma" to my six Grandblessings.